New Methods in Moss Gardening covers all methods of moss gardening including new techniques that allow many different species of moss to be more easily grown with minimal upkeep.

This handbook is based on moss gardening seminars and workshops that have been given over the years. Practical methods are emphasized as well as simplification and timesaving techniques. Eleven of the most common mosses found in moss gardens and nature are pictured and described. Thirty one color pictures and fifty six pages.

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I grow about fifteen different species of mosses in my moss gardens in central Illinois. The largest moss garden is under some young oak trees and the other gardens are on the north side of our house. I do not water my moss gardens nor do I have to weed my moss gardens. Birds are unable to steal moss for nesting nor are they able to turn over my mosses looking for bugs. When dead leaves fall on my gardens I use a leaf blower to blow them away or a small hand broom to sweep the leaves off the mosses..

Of the fifteen mosses I grow, four of them are the classic moss garden mosses: the cushion moss (L glaucum), the haircap moss (P. commune), the broom moss (D. scoparium)and the braided or feather moss (H. imponens) (Moss Acres calls braided moss "sheet moss"). You can see them on the Moss Pictures Page.

Moss can be picky about its needs: pH of soil, water source, and growing surface and these needs do vary from species to species. The four most commonly grown species mentioned above for example must be grown on an acidic soil.

Traditionally moss gardeners have grown mosses on soil and if the mosses required an acidic pH then sulfur or aluminum phosphate is added to the soil just as is often done by azalea, blueberry and rhodendron owners for their plants.

However I do not grow my mosses on soil. My moss gardens use an artificial mat system that the mosses grow on top of as well as grow into this artificial mat system.

Handbook Excerpts Contiuned on Handbook 2
New Methods in Moss Gardening Handbook
Small florets of Rhodobryum roseum, rose moss are competing with Thuidium delicatulum, fern moss, Anomodon attenuatus, tapered apron moss, Plagiomnium cuspidatum, a Brachythecium species and others. The artificial mat system under these mosses encourages a dense and thick moss garden.